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I have SQL Server Express.  I am making a webpage with fields on it such as Name and Address.  I want to take this information and dump it into my SQL Server Express database.  Can someone give me some direction on how to start doing this.  Better yet, do you have any code examples of a very basic webpage that already does this??

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by:KenAdney
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There's several ways to do this.  Here's a somewhat abbreviated example in classic ASP:

<%
IF request.form("datecomplete") <> "" THEN
Set DataConn = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
Set rs = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")
DataConn.Open "Provider=sqloledb;" & _
                  "Data Source=the_server;" & _
                  "Initial Catalog=your_database;" & _
                 "User Id=database_user_ID;" & _
                "Password=database_user_password;"
sql = "SELECT * FROM your_table"
rs.Open sql, DataConn, 1, 3
rs.AddNew
rs.Fields("address")    = request.form("address")
rs.Update
DataConn.Close
Set DataConn = Nothing
Set rs = Nothing
%>
<form action="my_form.asp" method="post">
<p>What's your address? <text name="address"></text></p>
<input type="hidden" name="datecomplete" value='<%= now %>'>
<input type="submit" name="submit" value="Submit this form">
</form>       
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by:al4629740
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I placed the code in Notepad and saved it as temp.asp

where would I enter the address?  Is there a text box?
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KenAdney earned 500 total points
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The bottom 5 lines of that code is the form where you'd enter the address.

In short, you have a standard html form with one hidden field (in this case, called datecomplete) and the form "posts" to itself (the same page).  There's an IF...THEN at the top that says if datecomplete has a value then add everything to the database (because your user must have filled everything out and submitted it) but if the datecomplete is blank (as would be the case when the page first loads) then display the html form.

The hard part is that this is server side code, so it has to be on a server (that supports ASP) to display properly.
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